Practice Tour: Ray Ray Davis

MONROE, N.C. --- Delivering a South Piedmont Conference Title to Sun Valley High School is the first and foremost goal of North Carolina pledge Ray Ray Davis this fall.

"I'm just trying to win ball games, trying to get that conference championship and put that banner up for our team," Davis said.

A conference championship has eluded Sun Valley the last few seasons. In 2005 and 2007, the Spartans were one game short of the title and they were a couple wins shy in 2006.

"Every year our goal is to put a banner up as far as a conference championship," head coach Scott Stein said. "We've fallen short of that. We've had our shots and just came up short in a couple of key ball games. It hasn't been the same school each time; it's been our own little let downs.

"One of the things that we've tried to talk about this year is just finishing the job and let this '09 class go out with something up on the wall."

Davis and his teammates are confident that history won't repeat itself.

"That's not going to happen again this year," Davis said. "I think this year we're more of a hard-working group then all the other classes. So I feel we're going to get it down this year for sure."

Davis, a 5-foot-11, 188-pound wide receiver, figures to be a major weapon in Sun Valley's Spread I offense.

"We're just like anybody else that has a great player on the perimeter," Stein said. "Thirty-percent of the time we're going to try to find a way to get the ball in his hands whether it be through running it, whether it be through throwing it to him, whether it be through returning a kick – whatever. We're going to try to make sure he has an opportunity to make plays on the football field."

Any version of the spread offense typically results in huge statistical outputs for its contributors. Davis, though, is by no means a system player.

"He's just one of those kids that comes along every once in while and he surprises you on the field," Stein said. "He makes plays that probably shouldn't be made by a high school player."

As a sophomore, Davis was named to the Associated Press' All-State team after catching 83 passes for 1,212 yards and 14 touchdowns. His stats – but not his production – dropped his junior season to 49 receptions for 663 yards and ten touchdowns.

"The longer he's in the ball game the more catches he's going to make," Stein said. "In seven different ball games last year he was out after half time and then he missed a game due to suspension… We didn't feel like his production dropped – I know the people in the state may have felt that way. I'm just not willing – whether it's Ray Ray or whether it's anybody else – to leave a kid in there just to pad stats when the score is 35-0 – that's just not my style."

Davis will return punts and kicks this fall, and is also on Sun Valley's prevent defense.

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Davis, who was among the wave of verbal commitments that occurred during UNC's Junior Day earlier this year, looks back at his decision admirably.

"I'm glad I committed to UNC," Davis said. "I'm just trying to get my grades right and my SAT right so that I'll be good to go."

Although Sam Pittman recruited him to UNC, Davis said he mostly communicates with assistants Tommy Thigpen and Charlie Williams.

With a six-day practice week, Davis hasn't had an opportunity to drop by UNC during one of the practices. He said he does, however, plan to attend all of the home games this fall.

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